Giant mechanical giraffes, a life-size human maze, 3D printers, and cereal making machines were only some of the many science spectacles shown at Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is held every year for three days in late September. This year was the 5th annual fair, and it had the theme of "Year of the Maker". People from all ages come to see the new creations and inventions by individuals, also known as "makers". Maker Faire enables us to celebrate and understand science, art, and crafts.
Midwood students have been volunteering for the fair for years and according to Mr. Glenn Elert, Science Research Coordinator, there were a total of 14 sophomore shifts, 14 junior shifts, and 19 senior shifts, making a total of 148 hours of service done by Midwood students over the course of the three day event.
"The main idea is to get students out into the world and to get immersed in the scientific field," said Mr. Elert. "Plus you might as well do some work and get some work experience!"
There was an assortment of tasks to be done, some of which were giving out safety waivers, manning information booths, and working for specific vendors. The volunteers are called “travelers” and received many perks including free entrance, so once the shift is over, travelers could explore as well.
"I was a safety waiver agent," said Raymond Yu ’15. "I gave out wristbands and people have to sign for it so they could touch certain things".
Maker Faire is broken up to 5 zones, which is one more than last year. Each zones had different activities ranging from a station for kids to make LED lights, booths that printed your picture out of binary code and a Coke and Mentos Show! It gave students an opportunity to see that science isn’t all books and formulas; it’s actually creative and can be fun. There were many stands selling hand-made items like jewelry and origami.
"The experience was pretty interesting because I not only saw volunteers from other high schools, but I was also involved in activities with my friends from Midwood which made the experience way better," said Mohammed Hasan ’15.
Maker Faire not only takes place in New York, but throughout the United States and world. Maker Faire will be held in places like Australia, Rome, Denmark, and France this year.
"It is a great way for people to look at science in a much broader light. It really gives people a chance to showcase inventions and learn from each other," said Mie Abouelkheir ’16. "It really inspires us to be motivated and to continue on with our endeavors."
Maker Media holds Maker Faire and also publishes MAKE magazine.